SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- One woman was grabbed and another chased Wednesday night on a biking and jogging trail near a BART station, leading police to investigate whether the same man was behind both confrontations.
In the first case, a 19-year-old Japanese exchange student fought off a man who grabbed and followed her around 5:30 p.m. on the Centennial Way Trail near Antoinette Lane. About 2 ½ hours later, a 31-year-old jogger was chased by a man in the same area who wanted to know her name, South San Francisco police Lt. Mike Remedios said.
Police said the similarities are striking, but the description of the suspect differed in some important ways. In the earlier incident, the man appeared to be 30 and wore a white long-sleeve hooded sweatshirt. The second confrontation involved a man who appeared to be in his 40s and wore a brown long-sleeve hooded sweatshirt, Remedios said.
The exchange student was walking south after getting off BART at the South San Francisco station when a man she didn't know approached her and asked her for her name. He grabbed her arm after she refused to speak to him, but she managed to break free and run away, police said.
However, after she got away, the man ran after her for a few feet and then gave up when he spotted another person walking on the trail, police said. No injuries to the woman were reported.
Around 8 p.m. a 31-year-old jogger with a dog on the trail was approached by a man who
Police said the man in the first incident was about 30 years old, and it was unclear to the victim whether he was Hispanic or Asian. The man appeared to be 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, was clean shaven and wore a long-sleeve hooded sweatshirt and possibly blue jeans.
Anyone with information about the crime can call South San Francisco police at 650-877-8900.
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